Graduate Certificates in Institutional Research

The links below are to IR certificate programs offered by U.S. institutions. Information on this webpage is provided by the programs and posted as a resource for readers. Please note that AIR does not endorse or accredit IR certificate programs. Readers are advised to contact any programs of interest to confirm the information posted. Contact air@airweb.org for corrections, updates, or new listings. New programs include:

  • Baruch (9/8/2014)   
  • Kent State University (11/26/2014)               
  • Sam Houston (9/17/2014)        
  • San Diego State (10/2/2014)
  • University of Michigan (12/5/2014)
  • University of Wisconsin - Stout (10/28/2014)   

 

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IR Graduate Certificate Program  

The Ball State University interdisciplinary certificate program, Institutional Research, will provide students with the necessary foundation of skills and experiences needed to enter the field of institutional research. Program Benefits:

  • You will be prepared for entry-level employment in institutional research.
  • You will learn from an internationally-recognized IR leader who is a past president of the Association for Institutional Research.
  • You can take classes toward completion of the program while enrolled in other Ball State graduate degree programs, and you will be able to use several courses from those programs to fulfill the requirements of this certificate program.
Prior education required: Bachelor's degree from a college or university that is accredited by its regional association.
 
Delivery method: Face-to-Face
 
​Credit hours required for Certificate: 15
 
​Cost for Certificate (full-time student): Cost for Certificate is based upon a full-time student completing 15 graduate credit hours in one semester.
​In-state: $6,698.00 ($446.53 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: $16,628.00 ($1,108.53 per credit hour)
 
Program contact information:
Name: Dr. William Knight
Email: wknight@bsu.edu
Phone
: 765-285-5974
 
Date information updated: November 5, 2014

 

 

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Institutional Research for Higher Education Certificate Program

The Baruch College certificate program in Institutional Research provides students with broad understandings on the field of institutional research. Program topics include:

  • How to identify policy issues concerning  higher education
  • How to address issues by applying qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Learning about the critical role institutional researchers play in promoting evidence-based decision making by higher education administrators
  • Securing effective operation of colleges/universities
  • Complying with reporting requirements by governmental and non-governmental agencies

The program will be held February 5 - March 26, 2015 - Baruch College School of Public Affairs - Thursday evenings
6:00 pm-9:00 pm. The last day to register is January 22, 2015.

Prior education required: None

Delivery method: Face-to-Face

Credit hours required for Certificate: This is a non-credit certificate program

Cost for Certificate:
In-state: ​$1,980.00
Out-of-state: ​$$1,980.00

Program contact information:
Name: Edgar Zavala
Email: Edgar.zavala@baruch.cuny.edu  
Phone: (646) 660-6718

Date information updated: September 8, 2014

 

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Certificate in Institutional Research

The Florida State University Certificate in Institutional Research is designed to provide academic and professional development opportunities for institutional researchers, administrators, graduate students, and faculty from all areas of higher education. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of institutional research, explore institutional, state, and national databases, and apply their knowledge to practical situations.

Prior education required: Bachelor’s degree
 
Delivery method: Online
 
​Credit hours required for Certificate: 18
 
​Cost for Certificate (part-time student):
In-state: $9,600.00 ($533.33 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: $9,600.00 ($533.33 per credit hour)
 
Program contact information:
Name: Samantha Nix, Program Coordinator/Certificate in IR
Phone: 850-644-6777
 
Date information updated: November 5, 2014
 
The Humboldt State University Graduate Certificate is for post baccalaureate students and entry-level career professionals to explore the discipline of IR. It is offered fully online through the California State University system by seasoned IR professionals with experience in the three levels of higher education (community college, master’s granting, and doctoral granting).
 
Prior education required: Bachelor’s degree from a college or university that is accredited by its regional association.
 
Delivery method: Online
 
​Credit hours required for Certificate: 12 plus two prerequisite courses
 
​Cost for Certificate (part-time student):
In-state: $4,788.00 ($399 per credit unit)
Out-of-state: $4,788.00 ($399 per credit unit)
 
Program contact information:
Name: Dr. Jacqueline Honda
Phone: 808-689-2315
 
Date information updated: November 5, 2014

Institutional Research and Assessment Certificate Program

Kent State University is pleased to offer a Certificate in Institutional Research and Assessment, starting in Fall 2015. The certificate is focused on enhancing knowledge and skills development in the areas of higher education assessment, institutional research, technology, and the organization of higher education. Program topics include:

  • Intended to satisfy professional development needs as well as preparing candidates to apply for employment in institutional research, student affairs assessment, or academic assessment.
  • Curriculum designed in consideration of ACPA's ASK Standards, the NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community Assessment Education Framework, as well as competencies identified in publications by the Association for Institutional Research.
  • Certificate is interdisciplinary collaboration of Evaluation and Measurement and Higher Education Administration programs; both have a strong and well-established history of quality.

Prior education required: Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university

Delivery method: Face-to-Face

Credit hours required for Certificate: 18

Cost for Certificate: Based upon a full-time student completing 18 graduate credit hours in one semester.

In-state: $8,730 ($485 per credit hour, including fees using 2014-2015 tuition data)

Out-of-state: $14,886.00 ($827 per credit hour, including fees using 2014-2015 tuition data)

Program contact information:
Name: Dr. Erica Eckert
Email: eeckert@kent.edu  
Phone: (330) 672-2702

Date information updated: November 26, 2014

 

 
North Dakota State University offers both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees in Education, both with an emphasis in either Institutional Analysis or Occupational and Adult Education. The Institutional Analysis curriculum was designed to provide the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for understanding institutional analysis both inside and outside of formal education settings. This option area focuses on the role of assessment, evaluation, and other research and analysis techniques in supporting institutional planning, policy formation, and decision-making. The Institutional Analysis option at NDSU is the first program in the nation with this focus at the doctoral level.

Prior education required: ​Master’s degree

Delivery method: Face-to-face with some online coursework; Distance learning possible as face-to-face courses are typically taught using Interactive Video Network.

​Credit hours required for Certificate: N/A – students are not working towards a Certificate, they are choosing the Institutional Analysis Option (9 core hours plus focused inquiry courses) within the Education Doctoral Program (minimum of 63 hours post-Master’s).

Cost for Certificate (full-time student): N/A – students are not working towards a Certificate, they are choosing the Institutional Analysis Option (9 core hours plus focused inquiry courses) within the Education Doctoral Program (minimum of 63 hours post-Master’s).
In-state: $3,112.29 tuition/fees for 9 hours ($345.81 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: $4,440.42 tuition/fees for 9 hours ($493.38 per credit hour)

Program contact information:
Name: Dr. Chris Ray
Phone: 701-231-7417
 
Date information updated: November 5, 2014 
 
The Pennsylvania State University 15-credit program, designed to provide students with the skills that support institutional planning and policy formation, has been created for in-career professionals, graduate students, and institutional researchers.  Courses include foundations of institutional research, designing studies, faculty issues, outcomes assessment, institutional planning and budgeting and enrollment management.
 
Prior education required: Bachelor’s degree in any field
 
Delivery method: Online
 
Credit hours required for Certificate: 15
 
Cost for Certificate (part-time student): 
In-state: ​$11,760.00 ($784.00 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: ​$11,760.00 ($784.00 per credit hour)
 
Program contact information:
Name: Dr. Frederick D. Loomis
Email: FDL101@psu.edu 
Phone: 814-865-5403 or 800-252-3592
 
Date information updated: November 5, 2014
 

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Higher Education Assessment and Institutional Research Online Certificate Program

The Sam Houston State University graduate certificate in Higher Education Assessment and Institutional Research develops postsecondary faculty and administrators’ abilities to access, manage, analyze, and use data in today’s complex higher education contexts. The program supports faculty and staff of all levels and from a variety of institutional types in learning about assessment, institutional research, data management, analysis, accountability, accreditation, strategic planning, enrollment management, leadership, resource management, among other areas of focus.

Prior education requiredBachelor’s degree

Delivery Method: Online

Credit hours required for Certificate: 15

Cost for Certificate (full-time student): Visit the Bursar's Office for the most current cost information.
In-state: Visit URL above.
Out-of-state: Visit URL above.

Program contact information:
Name: Dr. Peggy Holzweiss
Email: pholzweiss@shsu.edu
Phone:936.294.1147

Date information updated: September 17, 2014

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Online Institutional Research Planning and Assessment Certificate

The purpose of the San Diego State 12 credit hour graduate certificate is to equip postsecondary faculty and administrators in 2- and 4- year institutions with the knowledge and skills to access, manage, and utilize input data, student information system generated data, outcome-based assessment results, program review results, and other benchmark indicators of institutional data in their decision-making processes.   

Prior education requiredBachelor’s degree. 

Delivery method: Online  

Credit hours required for Certificate: 12 

Cost for Certificate (full-time student):
In-state: $7,965 ($662 per credit hour) 
Out-of-state: $7,965 ($662 per credit hour) 

Program contact information:
Name: Marilee Bresciani Ludvik
Email: mbrescia@mail.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6115
 

Date information updated: October 2, 2014

 

 

 

The University of Illinois at Chicago program offers students the opportunity to select courses most relevant to their professional goals and includes coursework that focuses on evaluation, assessment, psychometrics, and statistics with research in applied and theoretical arenas, with an emphasis on quantitative and analytical skills. The program is customizable to meet the needs of the student, with no required courses. In consultation with UIC MESA faculty, students select three courses, for a total of 12 credit hours.
 
Prior education requiredBachelor’s degree in any field
 
Delivery method: Online 
 
Credit hours required for Certificate: 12
 
Cost for Certificate (full-time student): 
In-state: $9,516.00 ($793.00 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: $9,516.00 ($793.00 per credit hour)
 
Program contact information:
Name: MESA Online Admissions Team
Email: info@online.uic.edu
Phone: 866-772-2268, option 1
 
Date information updated: November 6, 2014

 
 
The University of Missouri St. Louis Graduate Certificate Program in Institutional Research provides the formal training institutional researchers need in an era of increased federal and state reporting requirements, legal mandates, extensive use of “data mining,” and pressure for accountability. The number of Institutional Research Offices on campuses is expanding with even the smallest institution needing a trained academic as an institutional researcher. The UM-St. Louis campus collaborates with the UM campuses in Columbia and Kansas City and with the UM System Office in delivering this program.
 
Prior education requiredBachelor’s degree​
 
Delivery method: Online
 
Credit hours required for Certificate: 18
 
Cost for Certificate (full-time student): 
​In-state: $8,429.40 ($468.30 per credit hour)
Out-of--state: ​$8,429.40 ($468.30 per credit hour) *Non-resident scholarship available
 
Program contact information:
Name: Dr. Patricia G. Boyer
Email: boyerp@umsl.edu 
Phone: 314-516-7396​
 
Date information updated: November 5, 2014
 

 
The University of Michigan's Institutional Research (IR) concentration promotes conceptual, technical, and practical skills necessary to conduct applied research in or pertaining to postsecondary institutions and system offices. These skills include factual knowledge about postsecondary institutions and systems, research methods used by IR professionals, knowledge of the processes and issues affecting institutions, and an understanding of an institution's context and culture.

Prior education required: ​Bachelor’s degree

Delivery method: Face-to-Face

​Credit hours required for Certificate: N/A –
students are not working towards a Certificate, they are choosing the Institutional Research (IR) concentration within the Master of Arts in Higher Education program.

Cost for Certificate (full-time student): N/A – students are not working towards a Certificate, they are choosing the Institutional Research (IR) concentration within the Master of Arts in Higher Education program.
In-state: $10,235.00 per semester for 9 credit hours ($1,137.22 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: $20,692.00 per semester for 9 credit hours ($2,299.11 per credit hour)

Program contact information:
Name: Katie Madden
Phone: 734-647-1412
 
Date information updated: December 5, 2014 
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The University of Wisconsin-Stout Certificate in Institutional Research provides skills in institutional research-specific areas including enrollment management, assessment, accountability, data management, and strategic planning, as well as competencies in ethical considerations, project management, communication, data collection, and analysis. An application course and practicum focus on application of concepts and processes. There are no prerequisite courses required for this program. A program course list and application procedures can be found on the website.

Prior education required: Bachelor’s degree 

Delivery method: Online 

Credit hours required for Certificate: 14 credits, 1,260 hours

Cost for Certificate (part-time student):
In-state: $7,700.00 ($550.00 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: $7,700.00 ($550.00 per credit hour)

Program contact information:
Name: Cori Beskow
Email: beskowc@uwstout.edu
Phone: 715-232-4098

Date information updated: October 28, 2014